Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.84
Liaison Adrienne Schwarte
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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Maryville College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Adrienne Schwarte
Associate Professor of Design, Coordinator of Sustainability Studies Minor
Fine Arts & Sustainability Studies
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

Every student at Maryville College completes a year-long research project called the Senior Study, whether the student’s major is Business & Organizational Management, Psychology, Biology, Art or any of the other 40 major fields of study. These studies vary from laboratory experiments to forms of creative expression, and all Senior Study projects feature a student and faculty mentor working together in discipline-specific scholarship. Students in programs such as Environmental Studies and Sociology tend to focus their senior study research on topics of sustainability.

The college also participated with various grants that allow students to work on campus doing sustainability research whether it is directly for the college, the environment around the college, or the behaviors of people within the community.

Environmental initiatives report and the new sustainability minor encourages multiple disciplines to engage in sustainability research;


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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

A grant to the Maryville College Environmental Studies Program from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation provided access to mini-grants to faculty, staff and students to work on sustainability-related projects. This grant also supported mini-grants for MC Sustainability Workshop attendees looking to implement course-related sustainability projects revealed during their work in the workshop (e.g. digitized voluminous paper records related to education-major student teaching evaluations, saving paper and energy).
The Gerald Gibson grant, a Maryville College internally funded grant, encourages faculty/staff and/or faculty-staff-student collaboration on campus-wide issues, including energy savings and sustainability.


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Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
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The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

Librarians are in the campus library to help students, faculty, and staff with research needs which would include those researching/studying environmental and sustainability issues. We do purchase resources for environmental studies and the sustainability studies minor that support the curriculum and faculty/students’ research. We have a sustainability pathfinder of selected library and other resources at http://library.maryvillecollege.edu/c.php?g=77235.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

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